Eight San Antonio firefighters heading to California with cohort of about 200 from Texas

November 12, 2018

The San Antonio Fire Department is sending eight firefighters from its wildland team to Southern California, where wildfires continued to rage Sunday.

The San Antonio cohort will leave Monday morning, joining a larger group of about 200 firefighters and 55 engines from across Texas, according to city and state officials.

“When disaster strikes, it is imperative that the call for help is answered, and that is exactly what these men and women serving in fire departments across Texas are doing,” said Gov. Greg Abbott.

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Wildfires have spread across Northern and Southern California this weekend, killing at least 25 people with more than 100 others missing. The worst fires were in Northern California, where at least 23 people have been killed in the third-deadliest fire in state history.

In Southern California, the city of Thousand Oaks is also besieged with flames, less than one week after 12 people were killed in a mass shooting there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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